Thursday, September 28, 2006

On The Impact Of The Music Of J.S. Bach On The Twenty-Six Year Old Mozart

"Because so very little of J.S. Bach’s music was printed, he was quickly forgotten after his death in 1750. Three decades later, the music aficionado Baron van Swieten, a former Viennese representative to Berlin, introduced the lost music of Bach to a 26-year-old Mozart.

The effects were life-altering. Experience this for yourself as the Washington Bach Consort presents two of Mozart’s early works, followed by two that demonstrate the great influence of J.S. Bach, including the first Washington area period-instrument performance of the Requiem mass."

A scene from humanist film director Jean-Marie Straub's The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach, from that great humanist year of 1968.

Image credit: Filmmuseum Berlin/Deutsche Kinemathek. With thanks.

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